Diving in the Wakatobi – How to Get There
It is a good news for everyone who loves undersea tourism. You do not need to make every effort and waste your time anymore to go to Wakatobi Marine National Park, South East Sulawesi Indonesia, a great place to explore the amazing undersea scenery. From now on, it is easier and faster to get there than before, because many direct flights are scheduled from and to Wakatobi.
Some time ago, to reach Wakatobi, the traveler must first travel to Makassar or Kendari (province capital of South East Sulawesi) by planes or ferries from Jakarta or Bali (to the present time, there are no direct international flights to Makassar). Then, they must connect their travel by plane or boat/local ferries to go to Bau-Bau (transit town) before they got the point of Wakatobi.
And the good news is, Usman Syafei Jamal as Minister of Transportation of Indonesian Government, made Matahora Airport official at the end of June 2009. The airport had been developed since 2007, located in Wangi-Wangi, a regional capital of Wakatobi. Matahora’s runways are 1400 m and 30 m of its length and width. Next, it will be added to become 2100 m in 2010 in order that runway can be landed by plane as Boeing 737.
Thus, there are two airports operated in Wakatobi. The first one is Maranggo Airport that operated by Wakatobi Dive Resort who serves direct flight occasionally from Bali to Tomia (exclusive tourist package/air charter).
The second one is the airport that we have just talked about above, Matahora Airport. By now, there is only SusiAir who operates ten flights per week (Kendari-Wakatobi-Kendari) and it just takes about 45 minutes on one trip.